30 Oct Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
After praying and researching long and hard, I’ve come to the conclusion that Halloween is pointless. Ouch! Yes, I said it. The 2nd most commercial holiday, after Christmas, serves no real purpose or value; Unless you are one of the many business owners in this billion dollar industry. This may be a tough pill to swallow for the many of you who love Halloween, and have children looking forward to celebrating tomorrow. I admit, Im still chewing on it as well.
I have a very inquisitive son who keeps me on my toes. He constantly asks the 5 W’s, which keeps me searching for answers. Most of the time I’m able to do a little research and come up with a pretty decent response, but Halloween literally stumped me!
Everything we read talked about Halloween’s Celts roots and the celebration of Samhain. But this was only the beginning of the ever evolving holiday. It is said that it wasn’t until the 1840s that Halloween became a popular holiday in America.
As a Christian Mommy, reading about the evolution of Halloween, my immediate response was, “why DO we celebrate Halloween?” From what I was reading, Halloween continued to evolve from cultures that believed in many gods. The Bible clearly reads that there are no other gods besides the one true and living God (1 Corinthians 8:6).
Spooky things like witches, sorcery, ghost and more, are also things the Bible speaks clearly against in many places (i.e. Deuteronomy 18: 9-12). Isaiah 8:19 reads,
“When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?”
If Halloween originated from things unbiblical in their basis, is this something we as Christians should be celebrating?
Here’s where the confusion set in. When you look at Halloween from its historical roots, one would probably agree, that we as Christians should absolutely not participate in such a holiday. But, in the 1950s, Halloween began to take on a more family-friendly, kid-centered form. The history of Halloween is not often mentioned, and the focus is more on dressing up, getting as many treats as possible, and having fun!
Over time, what once started as a pagan holiday, was transformed into an American holiday. The Roman Catholic Church attempted to appropriate this day with the celebration of All Saints Day, which is still celebrated by some. So, is Halloween the only holiday with such historical roots? Not at all. Believe it or not, Christmas began in a similar way!
This is probably a separate post, but I’ll give just a brief Christmas history lesson. All of which I am in the process of learning more about. As most of us are aware, no one knows the real birthday of Jesus. No date is given in the Bible. It is said that Christmas derived from the pagan Roman winter solstice festival, Saturnalia. When the Roman Emperor Constantine took over, he appropriated this pagan celebration in which Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s birth, was introduced.
Why are some Christians ok with participating in Halloween festivities, while others are totally against it?
Here’s how we have chosen to answer these questions for our children.
- We participate in dressing up, getting candy, and trunk-or-treating with our church, because these things are a lot of fun. This gives the church an opportunity to invite people in their community to have some fun and learn about Jesus instead of witches and ghosts.
- Some Christians choose not to participate in Halloween because of its ungodly roots and association with darkness and death. Other Christians simply choose not to focus the day on these things, but on family, fun, and fall festivities.
Whether you choose to participate in Halloween festivities or not, is totally up to you and your family. As a family, we have decided to participate in our church’s Trunk or Treat event this year. My husband and I will evaluate our decision each year as the day comes. We don’t want our children to judge anyone for choosing to participate or not, so we will continue to lead by example.
We have shared a lot of this information and more with our children. Our plan is to continue teaching them that we are to be lights in darkness and speak life in death. We explained that in all situations, we should take the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus and act in ways that glorify God (Philippians 1:27).
If you are participating in Halloween festivities tomorrow, we pray that you will do so safely. Celebrate with knowledge and wisdom, and enjoy!